CIBPA 10th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala

In 1961, the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) was established in Ottawa as a focal point for the local Italian-Canadian business community. Since its inception, the organization has been a leader in the Italian community, coordinating the pursuit of common objectives and interests of Italian Canadian business and professional activities.

Some of CIBPA Ottawa’s accomplishments include:

Leader in fundraising for special community projects such as Villa Marconi Long Term Care Centre

Original promoters of Italian Week and founders of the Italian Carnival (precursor to Winterlude)

Founding member of the National Congress of Italian Canadians and the Canadian Ethnic Council


In 2002, CIBPA Ottawa successfully embarked on creating its own scholarship program in order to promote and assist access to post-secondary studies for students of Italian-Canadian heritage who reside in Ontario. Scholarships are awarded annually based on academic merit and community involvement.

Since the inception of the scholarship program, more than $40,000 has been awarded to many deserving Italian-Canadian students. CIBPA Ottawa has initiated a capital fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 for the CIBPA Ottawa Scholarship Program. The funds will be invested to generate yearly scholarships for Italian-Canadian students and will ensure a lasting legacy for the scholarship program, CIBPA Ottawa and the city’s Italian-Canadian community.


Fabiana Alloggia – currently a second-year student at the University of Ottawa, majoring in French as a Second Language, with a minor in Italian. Fabiana also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010 from the Università degli Studi della Calabria in Cosenza, Italy. Fabiana is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Congress of Italian Canadians, and has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant for the Saturday morning Italian School classes.

Guilianna Ferri – currently in first year at the Faculty of Law (University of Ottawa). Guilianna received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law with a minor in Italian from Carleton University in 2010, graduating summa cum laude. She volunteers in various community projects, including Pro Bono Students Canada, the annual Walk for ALS, and the International Languages Program with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Giulianna was also awarded the Carleton University Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Laura Morrison – currently in first year at the Faculty of Law (University of Ottawa). Laura also obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa in 2009, graduating magna cum laude. She recently completed a Master of Laws at the University of Amsterdam. Laura has also served on the Board of Directors of the Rotaract Club of Ottawa and with the Forum for Young Canadians.

Biography of the Honourable Justice David M. Paciocco

David M. Paciocco is a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, formerly a professor at the University of Ottawa, Common Law Section. Since 1982 he has taught classes pertaining to Evidence, Criminal Law, and Trusts. He has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney, and as a criminal defense counsel, doing appellate advocacy. In June 2005, Mr. Paciocco was nominated to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University.

David Paciocco was a member of the legal team defending the Red Cross in its 1980s tainted-blood scandal. He also was part of the defense team in the trial of Larry O’Brien, the former Mayor of Ottawa. Mr. Paciocco was appointed a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, effective August 24, 2011. He sits in Ottawa.